Sarah-Jane is Vice Principal, Learning and Attainment, at West Lothian College. She has been a senior manager in further education for 10 years, and has worked in school and further education for more than 20 years. She is also a current grant committee member for BBC Children in Need. Until recently, she served as a Board trustee of 'WhoCares?Scotland', chairing their Policy, Practice & Learning committee and governing their activism work.
Sarah-Jane has lived experience of poverty; and poverty eradication, the rights of children and care experienced people are core motivators to her work, and shape her values both professionally and personally. She is a step and foster parent to 7, and a step granny to 1 and big sister to 8.
Siobhan is a Director within the Royal Bank of Scotland, working with Corporate and Commercial customers to meet their funding needs. In this capacity, she has worked with a variety of customers in numerous sectors over the past 11 years, including not for profit organisations.
Siobhan is an ambassador for Blood Cancer UK, working to raise both awareness of the disease and their symptoms and funds to assist further research. This has seen her take part in numerous exciting challenges, including a 4,167m winter climb to the top of Mount Toubkal and raising over £30,000 in the past 4 years.
Jamie is an independent consultant, supporting individuals and organisations with their strategy and messaging. His work has involved policy changing engagement with the First Minister of Scotland, the production of a prime-time documentary and the delivery of a unique counselling service during lockdown.
Jamie was awarded a BEM in the New Year Honours list for his work during the COVID pandemic. He also serves on the board of SAMH, Scotland's national mental health charity.
As a practicing midwife, Sarah has seen first-hand the positive impact of Amma’s support. She currently works as a community midwife within NHSGGC and also has experience in all aspects of antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care.
Sarah volunteered in Athens with Amurtel, a charitable organisation focused on caring for asylum seekers and refugees who are pregnant or have recently given birth. She provided midwifery care and education relating to all aspects of sexual and reproductive health, infant feeding and parentcraft. The experiences she gained during this time provided her with a real insight into the day to day lives, struggles and complexities of these individuals’ lives, as well as a deeper understanding of previously unfamiliar cultural norms and expectations surrounding pregnancy and childbirth.
Sarah believe passionately in the role Amma has in improving the lives and welfare of vulnerable women and birthing people.
Leah Hazard is a midwife and the author of the Sunday Times bestselling memoir, 'Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story'. Having studied at Harvard, Leah left a career in television to pursue her lifelong interest in women’s health after the birth of her first daughter. She soon began working as a doula, supporting women in pregnancy and attending numerous births in homes and hospitals across the country.
The birth of Leah’s second daughter prompted Leah to make the leap into midwifery. Since qualifying, she has worked in a variety of clinical areas within the NHS maternity services, including antenatal clinics, triage units and labour wards.
Leah is also the host of the podcast, 'What The Midwife Said', and a frequent commentator on women’s health for Woman’s Hour, the New Statesman, the Independent, the Guardian, Grazia and more. Her second book, 'Womb: the Inside Story of Where We All Began', was published worldwide in March 2023.
Kat Wing Mai Judge
Kat is currently employed at one of Glasgow's FE colleges, having previously worked at the TARA Service and Migrant Help.
With more than a decade of experience in public and third sector front-line service provision, Kat has been passionately dedicated to supporting, advocating for, and campaigning on behalf of victims of trafficking, asylum seekers and refugees. Her efforts have spanned a wide range of issues, from basic survival to integration, including facilitating access and participation in Further (FE) and Higher Education (HE).
She firmly believes in the power of FE and HE to be transformative for those who have experienced forced migration and the subsequent loss of resources and assets. Her ultimate goal is to make education more accessible to those who wish to exercise their right to education, specifically women.
Kat's particular areas of interest include education, human rights, asylum and refugee matters, addressing violence against women and promoting equity.
Sangeeta is a monitoring, evaluation, research and learning specialist. She has worked with a range of third sector organisations, and closely within ending violence against women and girls and racial justice. She has built extensive knowledge of the charity sector landscape. Her work focuses on building equity and equality, and advocates for decolonial intersectional ways of working.
She is committed to the wellbeing and equality of Black and minoritised women, holding personal connection to experiences of migration, joy of community and intergenerational trauma structural inequalities can cause. As a result, Sangeeta is passionate about the work Amma does and is committed to its continued success.